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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

The Cynic Route by Kate O’Neil (First Prize)

Up in the Devils Lair by Terry Piggott (Second Prize)

The Lady of the Lakes by Terry Piggott (Third Prize)

The Night The Kids Cooked Dinner by Caroline Tuohey (Highly Commended)

A Racing Tale by Jim Kent (Highly Commended)

The Flags That Fly at Castlebrook by Noel Stallard (Highly Commended)

It’s good to be reminded of those people who have been
Significant in giving us a lifestyle that’s serene.
Our parents and our pioneers made sacrifices so
We can enjoy this type of life that we have come to know.
And foremost of those forebears, who gave life so we could live,
Were service personnel in wars where Death did not forgive.
The Christmas Cub reminds us when a saviour came to save.
And Easter holds the hope we have for life beyond the grave.
Australia Day’s another day to take time to deploy
Our thoughts for those who sacrificed, so we can now enjoy
Prosperity, security, a life removed from wars;
And this because brave men and women fought to save our shores.
The RSL at Castlebrook on each Australia Day,
Has organised with Bunnings that this retailer outlay,
Six hundred Aussie Flags that flap so proudly on the graves,
Of gallant men and women; and each Aussie Flag that waves,
Will hear the breeze at Castlebrook that sighs, “Remember me.”
“We’ll not forget,” each flag flaps back, “you kept our country free.”
Our Aussie Flag’s our ensign, with its Southern Cross and star;
There is no more distinctive sign that symbols who we are.
How fitting then we use this flag on one day of the year.
To honour and acknowledge those whose memory we hold dear.
Those service personnel who fought in mud, in sand, in snow;
And left a debt of gratitude, that we will always owe.
The blue within the Aussie Flag reminds us of our sea,
Defended by our sailors so to keep our coast line free.
The Southern Cross stood high above Kakoda’s bloody track,
Where diggers fought both night and day to drive invaders back.
The British Union on our flag recalls our pilots’ role,
Defending Mother England ‘gainst a German air control.
These fields of flags that fly up on the hill at Castlebrook
Are visual reminders, for whoever choose to look,
Of tribute and of gratitude to personnel who served,
And go some way to paying the respect that they deserved,
The twenty sixth of January should become the date,
Australians deck all cenotaphs with flags that say, “Thanks Mate!”

Bandy Bill by Jim Kent (Highly Commended)

Real Time Dream Time by Kevin Pye (Highly Commended)

Plywood Crosses by Graeme Johnson (Highly Commended)

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years